tv President Blames Democrats for Health Care Bill Failure CSPAN March 25, 2017 6:46am-7:01am EDT
answers as to why they were voting yes on this bill which was horrible than, and horrible today. we will continue to take this .ight to the american people i want to thank the constituents across america who made today possible. we will continue to reach out to them and maintain the trust all the way through november 2018. >> at the white house, president trump spoke briefly to reporters about the decision to pull the house legislation to repeal and replace the affordable care act. his remarks are about 10 minutes.
it is exploding right now. have big problems. almost all states have big problems. ands in tennessee yesterday they have lost almost half of their insurance. and it is happening in many other places. i was in kentucky the other day and similar things are happening. obamacare is exploding with no democrat support we could not quite get there. a small number of votes short. billrms of getting our passed. a lot of people do not realize how good our bill was because they were viewing phase one that when you added phase two which
was mostly the signings of secretary price and then phase three which i think we would've gotten, it became a great bill. premiums would have gone down. it would've been stable and strong. very close., and again, i think what will happen is that obamacare unfortunately will explode and we will have a bad year. last year you had over 100% increases in various places in arizona i understand it is going up very rapidly again like it did last year. last year was 100 16%. in many places it is 50%, 60%, 70% -- it averaged, whatever the average was but it was very high. is ifill be really good the democrats, when it explodes which it will soon, they will get together with us and we will
get a real health care bill. i would be open to that. -- nancyhe lewis pelosi and chuck schumer, now, they own it. this is not republican health care. they have obamacare for a little bit longer until it ceases to exist which it will at some point in the near future. and remember, this is not our bill but their bill. we get civilized and get together and try to work out a great health care bill for the people of this country, we are open to it. we are totally open to it. i want to thank the republican party, i want to thank paul ryan, he worked very, very hard. tom price and mark -- and mike pence, our great vice president. everyone worked hard. i worked as a team player.
i would love to have seen it s -- i don't think there was a speech i made where i did not mention that perhaps the best thing that happened today was what happened today because we would end up with a great health , knownll after this mess as obamacare explodes. i want to thank everyone for being here. it will go very smoothly, i really believe. we all learned a lot. ,e learned a lot about loyalty about the vote getting processed. we learned a lot about some very arcane rules in both the senate and in the house. has been afor me, it very interesting experience but in the end, i think it will be an experience that will lead to an even better health care plan. thank you very much and i will see you some. >> what is next on your priority
list? >> tax reform. we could have done this earlier but this really would have worked out better if we could have had some democrat support. remember this, we had no democrat support so now, we will go for tax reform which i have always liked. are you confident in the leadership of speaker ryan? >> yes, he worked very hard. he has a lot of factions. are you confident in the ofdership of speakerthere has y liking and disliking even within the republican party, long before i got here. a greatve had relationship with the republican party. it seems like the side like trump and that is good. i am not going to speak badly about anyone within the party but certainly, there is a big history. i think all worked really hard -- i think paul worked very hard.
now, we will go strongly for the tax reforms and cuts. that will be next. [indiscernible] >> that things are going to happen to obamacare. there is not much you can do to help it. i have been saying that for a year and a half. eventually, it is not sustainable. insurance companies are leaving, one by one, as quick as you can leave. some states soon will not be covered. there is no way out of that. thing was thatne as we got closer, everyone was talking about how wonderful it back, people go will realize how bad it is. and it is getting worse. --n president obama left, 17 2017 would be a very bad year for obamacare. you will have exclusive premium
increases and the did adults -- and the deductibles are so high, people cannot even use it. i know some of the democrats and they are good people. i honestly believe the democrats will come to us and say look, let us come together and get a great health care plan or bill that is really great for the people of our country and i think that will happen. were not you think you able to craft a deal among the republican party? >> we were very close. 10-15 votes short, we could even have been closer than that. it was very hard to get almost 100%. you're talking about a large number of votes among any group and we were very close to doing that. but when you get no votes from the other side, meaning the
democrats, it is a very difficult situation. [indiscernible] >> it is not a question of -- gee, i hope it goes well. i want it to do well but it cannot do well. it is imploding. and soon will explode. and it will not be pretty. want to sees do not that so they will reach out when they are ready and whenever they are ready, we are ready. >> to you feel betrayed by the house freedom caucus at all? >> they are friends of mine. i am disappointed because we could have had it. and i am a little surprised to be honest with you. we really had it. there, withinmuch grasp. but i will tell you what will come out of it is a better bill. i really believe, a better bill.
there were things in this bill i did not particularly like. both parties can get together and do real health care -- that is the best thing. obamacare was rammed down everyone's throat, 100% democrat. i think having bipartisan would be a big improvement. is going to end up being a very good thing. i'm disappointed but they are friends of mine. this was a very hard time for them. it very hard vote. and they are very good people. what will happen? >> if we were bipartisan, i really think we will have a health care bill that will be the ultimate and i think the democrats know that also. and someday, in the not-too-distant future, -- i have been here 64 days. repeal said repay it --
it and replace it with n64 days. i have a long time. but i want to have a great health care bill and plan and we well. it will happen. and it will not be in the distant future. i think this was a very good bill but i think it will be even better the next time around. and i do not think that will be in too long a period of time. i don't want to speak about specifics. overall, i think it was a very good bill. and dr. time price, -- tom price, i thought he did a fantastic job as did mike pence. thank you very much. >> thank you.
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